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About Madison Public Library

About Madison Public Library

Madison Public Library's tradition of promoting education, literacy and community involvement has enriched the City of Madison for more than 140 years. Our nine locations throughout the City of Madison are open six days a week (with limited Sunday hours) and welcome nearly 2 million visits each year.

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Budget Process

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Agency Mission

Madison Public Library promotes lifelong learning by creating welcoming spaces that offer services and collections that inform, inspire, enrich and entertain.

Central Library Tour Request

Madison Public Library's Central Library was first built in 1965, remodeled in 2012-2013, and re-opened to the public on September 21, 2013.  We offer tours for groups of five or more when staffing allows.  Please use this form to request a tour and allow up to 3 days for a response.  Please contact Tana Elias at telias@madisonpubliclibrary.org or 608-266-4953 with questions.  For class visits and field trips, please contact the Central Library's Children's Room at 608-266-6345.

How We Use Your Data

Email Newsletters

Information We Use

  • Email Address
    We use the email you provide when signing up for a newsletter to send you that newsletter and, occasionally, material related to that newsletter's topic.
  • First and Last Name
    We use the name you provide to personalize messages to you and assist in removing duplicate subscriptions.
  • Zip Code
    We use the zip code you provide to help us understand where our newsletter subscribers are.

Library Board

The Madison Public Library is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, appointed for three year terms by the Mayor of Madison. The Board's authority to oversee the policies and direction of the Library is derived from Chapter 43 of Wisconsin statutes. The Library Board works in conjunction with the Mayor, library staff, and the Madison Common Council to plan, fund and implement public library service in Madison.

Tell Us!

More than 330 of you participated in Tell Us, the first phase of the library's planning process. We turned your conversations into a guiding framework for library siting, growth, and service.